Last edited by eldondre; 05-22-2012 at 03:50 PM.
"It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past"
Jonathan Safran Foer
They've made no bones about their commitment to do business their way, and taken that a step further by going out of their way to publicly expose the corrupt Philadelphia system. These don't strike me as the type of guys who'd resort to self-sabotage and Looney Tooneries to make their adversaries look bad. Why bother? The protesters have done this for them. All the Post Brothers have to do is take the high road, let their adversaries make a mockery of themselves , let it blow up in the media, and it will resolve itself on their behalf in the court of public opinion.
Funny because I have it from a reliable source that the Pestronks are now motivated to crush the unions.
I'd be surprised if they took that tack though; sometimes swallowing your ego makes the most business sense. Like I said before on the other thread, the only way they'll solve the union problem is to make a deal with them to at least get some union subs on the job. It's one thing when they're interfering with the demo crew, but once you get more expensive skilled trades in there and more money poured into the project, every delay has that much more impact. It's extortion, no two ways about it, but it's also reality.
Last edited by billy ross; 05-22-2012 at 04:58 PM.
The shore house is probably in Wildwood, and he probably paid very little for it - I tried to get my mom to buy one for $40k in 1995. I'm still mad that she bought a trailer in a campground on the mainland instead. My cousin is a retired cop and he owns a shore house in Wildwood. It cost him $12,000, and it didn't have heat when he bought it. It used to be that when you're in the trades you buy a messed-up house and fix it up, so that you're always living in a bit of a dump until decades later you get caught up on it. I admit that the union guys have lost their way of late buying new construction in the suburbs. That's just silly.
Last edited by billy ross; 05-22-2012 at 05:08 PM.
Enjoy what you've got and what you've done, but know that the next generations of builders won't have it, and it's mostly because your ilk was greedy. Unions are shrinking in this country due to imploding the very industries that employ them (see: autoworkers). Building in Philadelphia is becoming close to impossible. The Pestronks will win, and hopefully others will take their cue. The building trades are already experiencing high unemployment, and that will get worse until eventually they are destroyed. Just a relic of the past in a long, slow death spiral. I know I won't shed a tear.
Last edited by billy ross; 05-22-2012 at 08:13 PM.